Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin Suspended for Two Games, Will Remain Too Cool for Caution

MONTREAL- NOVEMBER 28:  Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals skates with the puck while being defended by Ryan White #53 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game on November 28, 2009 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The Capitals defeated the Canadiens 4-3 in a shootout.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Jarrett CarterAnalyst IDecember 2, 2009

What other MVP-caliber player do you know who injures himself on a hard hit, gets suspended for it, and will likely return from injury and banishment with the same grin and same reckless mentality?

Alex Ovechkin, also known as Straight Vodka on Ice.

“He’s pretty reckless,” Boudreau said. “It’s hard telling a guy that scores 60 goals a year to change the way he plays. At the same time, I don’t want to see him getting hurt. Maybe he has to pick his spots a little better.”

Ovechkin, who skated lightly for about five minutes in a red track suit Tuesday morning, will be eligible to return next Monday in Tampa.

“I regret that this has happened,” Ovechkin said in a statement released by the team. “I’m glad that Tim wasn’t injured because I never ever want to see anyone get hurt. I am disappointed to miss these games and I can’t wait to get back on the ice next week to help my team.”

Ovechkin strikes me as one of those players who, if you moderate his passion and his play, will likely struggle to score or wind up hurt.

Gilbert Arenas is a lot like that.

Tell him to play team ball, and he will struggle to try to find a role. Tell him to shoot it, and he and the team will adjust and succeed.

So, here’s hoping Ovechkin keeps the drama away from his knees, the puck in the net, and a smile on his face.


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